Maeklong Railway Market (ตลาดร่มหุบ) in Thailand

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Maeklong Railway Market in Thailand. Photo by Richard Wanglue Vang.

Suab Hmong Travel (03/16/2018) – One of the popular place for tourists in Thailand is the Maeklong Railway Market.  “During my 2017-18 Travel in Thailand and Laos, I stopped at one of the historical and popular tourist place in Thailand called Maeklong Railway Market or in Thai ตลาดร่มหุบ means “umbrella pull-down market”” said Richard Wanglue Vang, Executive Producer for Suab Hmong News.

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Below is the history for the Maeklong Railway and its Market:

History

The MaeKlong Railway was built in two separate stages. The Tachin Railway Ltd, founded in 1901 with a concession from the crown of Thailand to construct a line to Samut Sakhon from Bangkok, built the 33 kilometer Mahachai Line; it opened in 1904 with eight stations. A year later, The Maeklong Railway Company opened the 34 kilometer Ban Laem Line. The lines merged in 1907 to form the Maeklong Railway Ltd. It was originally opened as a goods line, transporting produce from the fishing ports of Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkram to the Bangkok markets. The Thai military gained control of the railway in 1942, during World War II, and the line was nationalized by the Thai Government in 1946. The line was operated by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) from 1952 and was fully merged into the SRT in 1955. In 1961 the line’s original terminus at Khlong San was closed and replaced with a bus stop, to ease traffic congestion in Bangkok. Wongwian Yai became the new terminus.

Richard Wanglue Vang standing at the sign of Maeklong Railway Market in Thailand.

Market

The railway became famous for its route through the Maeklong Railway Market, nicknamed (Thai: ตลาดร่มหุบ; RTGS: Talat Rom Hup), meaning the “umbrella pulldown market”. It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand, and is centred on the Maeklong Railway’s track. Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed.